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Three Minute Embrace

Carolyn Drake follows the sons of a deported father to the US-Mexico border for a precious three
minutes together

Carolyn Drake

Carolyn Drake US-Mexico border at Friendship Park. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake Border patrol agents guard the US side of the border and open the gate to let 6 families unite and hug for three minutes each before closing the gate again. Luis Hernandez 26 was the first to go. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake Jay Butler, 27 (Luis' girlfriend), Elijah Nunez, 1, Luis Hernandez, 26 in Luis' apartment that he shares with his brother in the Pico Union neighbourhood of Los Angeles. Jay is clipping his sideburns. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake Luis Hernandez and his brother Arturo (not pictured) have a business installing Directv dishes on the roofs of LA residents. They learned the trade from their father. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake The father of Arturo (crew cut) and Luis (long hair), was deported to Mexico and permanently separated from his sons. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake Luis Hernandez, 26 in Luis' apartment that he shares with his brother in the Pico Union neighbourhood of Los Angeles. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake Street in front of home of Luis Hernandez, 26, in the Pico Union neighbourhood of Los Angeles. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake Press and spectators on the US side of the border as 6 families unite and hug for three minutes each before closing the gate again. Luis Hernandez 26 was the first to go. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake Luis Hernandez and Arturo Hernandez on the US side of the border wall after Luis had a chance to hug his father. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake Father of Luis Hernandez who is talking with his son after hugging him on the US Mexico border at Friendship Park. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake US-Mexico border at Friendship Park. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos

The Hernandez family is one of several chosen to participate in a cross border celebration of Children’s Day in Mexico. The father of Arturo and Luis Hernandez was deported to Mexico and permanently prevented from living with his sons in America. During this event, sponsored by migrant-advocacy group Border Angels, the emergency door of the border fence at Friendship Park opens to give five families separated by the border three minutes each to embrace. Carolyn Drake followed Arturo and Luis Hernandez from Luis’s home in Los Angeles, California to Friendship Park on the border with Mexico where Luis’s and other families would get three minutes each with their loved ones on US soil.